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This was a private commission done for a fan of the Palladium RPG. Though this is the finished map that I will be displaying in my portfolio, I am also currently still working on a slightly edited version of this map that is more true to the original design (i.e. river violations galore!). The first RPG I ever played as a kid was Palladium, and I have many fond memories of this world. So it was an absolute joy to be able to work on this map.
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SirInkman Featured By Owner Mar 13, 2015  Professional
Beautiful work Arsheesh. :)
I'm making my way through the gallery. ;)
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arsheesh Featured By Owner Mar 13, 2015  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Why thank you Sir!
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Steven115 Featured By Owner Sep 26, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
This map is beautiful.  What program did you use to create it?  I would love to find a program, free if possible, and with some kind of tutorial to help me learn how to use it.  I have barely even dabbled with gimp so far.  It is still way over my head.  I have, so far, only used MS Paint for Windows XP to do anything and that is such a basic program.  I want to create my own maps with geography and texture just like yours.  Any suggestions?  Even a paid program is ok.  Free is just preferable, lol.  Help me?
Oh...  a little background about the maps I want to create.  I am trying to create a world atlas of a planet of my own creation.  I have hand drawn some maps so far but would like to have something I can zoom in on and crop out a smaller region for exploration and to add even more detail to.  I am attempting to create my own Dungeons and Dragons Campaign world.  The Dragon God, Io, is widely seen as the creator of dragonkind.  However, in my campaign, he is an entity beyond godhood, like an immortal or similar to Ao of the Forgotten Realms campaign setting, which I am very familiar with.  Io, after creating the multiverse and many gods and worlds, needed rest.  So, he became the planet, Io.  He simply coiled up tightly and congealed into a planet about 1.25 to 1.5 times the size of Earth.  There are 5 large continents, one having mountains reaching 40,000 to 50,000 feet in elevation.  At the top of the world, is a continent sized mountain that reaches 100,000 feet in elevation.  I kind of took Olympus Mons on Mars as my inspiration for that.  This continent is the realm of dragon clans, cities, etc, similar to the Council of Wyrms campaign setting's Io's Blood Isles.
Anyway, that is probably windy enough of me for now.  If you can give me any feedback, suggestions, help, or just a chat, I'd really appreciate it.
- Steven
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arsheesh Featured By Owner Sep 29, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Hi Steven, first off, sorry for taking so long to get back to you.  My wife and I have a newborn and have been shopping for a new apartment and life is a bit crazy at the moment.  

OK, that said, I'm glad you like the map :).  I made it using two programs, GIMP and Wilbur.  GIMP you are already somewhat familiar with.  Wilbur is a free to download terrain creation software.  Both programs have a bit of a learning curve, as you are beginning to experience.  However, I've actually created a couple of tutorials that walk through the process of how to create a map similar to this one using these programs over at my blog.  The first step is to generate your land masses.  Of course, you could just draw these by hand if you wanted but if you'd like to know the method I use follow the link below:

arsphantasia.wordpress.com/201…

Next here's a full walk through on how to proceed from there.  Bare in mind that as advertised, this is a tutorial for intermediate and advanced digital artists.  It may not be the easiest tutorial to learn the programs on.  That said I know that many people have told me that they were new to GIMP and Wilbur and that the tutorial was easy enough to follow.  Others however agreed that it was a challenge.  At any rate the link to the tutorial is listed below for you.

arsphantasia.wordpress.com/201…

Cheers,
-Tad
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Steven115 Featured By Owner Oct 28, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
I will give it a try.  The creative bug has bitten me recently, so I am all over place with creating tables, new monsters, new spells/powers, etc... and I love to draw maps.  So... let's see if I can get GIMP and I will give Wilbur a try too.
I will get back to you sometime soon to let you know how it goes.
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arsheesh Featured By Owner Nov 2, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Look forward to it!
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zyanitevp Featured By Owner Jul 2, 2014
The Disputed Lands are disputed between the Eastern Territory (Human) and the Northern Wilderness (Wolfen).
Best Palladium Fantasy map ever!
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arsheesh Featured By Owner Jul 2, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Thanks Killer Z!  Now that I think about it, that does ring a bell.  I vaguely recall learning about that at some point.

Cheers,
-Tad
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QuantumBranching Featured By Owner Feb 24, 2014
Beautiful piece of work. I wonder, tho', how the disputed lands are disputed if there are no nearby states to dispute 'em? :)
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arsheesh Featured By Owner Feb 24, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Thanks!  That's a good question, but I'll leave it to the good people over at Palladium games to answer it.  I didn't invent the names, just updated the map.
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ukrainik Featured By Owner Jun 26, 2013
Beautiful map what did you use to make it?
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arsheesh Featured By Owner Jun 27, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Thanks ukrainik. I used GIMP to create the initial height map, then ran it through Wilbur to (a terrain program) to generate rivers, then back into GIMP for more fine tuning. Also used Inkscape for the labeling. I have a tutorial over at the Cartographers Guild that describes the general steps I go through to create a map like this.

Cheers,
-Arsheesh
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ukrainik Featured By Owner Aug 8, 2013
Would you mind posting a link? I really love the realism of the map
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arsheesh Featured By Owner Aug 8, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Sure thing.  You can find it here: www.cartographersguild.com/tut…
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ukrainik Featured By Owner Aug 12, 2013
thanks
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Rockwolf66 Featured By Owner Jun 21, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
As a Palladium Fan I have to say that your map is the Best Palladium Fantasy world map I've seen. I am defiantly linking to it for my Online Palladium Fantasy group. I wish I could draw Palladium Fantasy maps even a tenth as good(I use pencils and graph paper and then edit them in MS paint. I know I'm a luddite.)
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arsheesh Featured By Owner Jun 22, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Thanks so much Rockwolf66, I'm glad you like it. By all means please feel free to use it.

Cheers,
-Arsheesh
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Rockwolf66 Featured By Owner Jun 23, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
You are very welcome. I've posted a link to this image on my current groups Facebook page. Hopefully someday I can find Palladium Fantasy regional and local maps that are even half as good.
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dlwest72 Featured By Owner Jun 7, 2013  Professional Artist
Excellent map, scale and 3d topographical view is nice.
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arsheesh Featured By Owner Jun 7, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Thanks dlwest72, glad you like it.

Cheers,
-Arsheesh
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FeroceFV Featured By Owner May 24, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
I shared this feedback with Zyanitevp, but I thought I should share it with you directly, too. Note that this feedback is for a different (possibly more recent?) version at [link]

Best parts.
+Incredible overall quality and style. Hands-down, it's the best-looking Palladium Fantasy map I've ever seen.
+The texture of the 3-D rendering is eye-catching
+the dark sea shading give the right sense of mystery for what lies beyond
+Labels for territories and waters are clear, but unobtrusive.
+Baalgor Wastelands are perfectly colored/rendered.
+The Great Rift looks fantastic! Only blemish is where it intersects with the Sea of Dread. Consider ending it a bit before, or have the sea flood a short way into it
+The font is perfect for a fantasy map.


Areas for improvement: The large size and high quality of the map invites nit picks, and I have quite a few:

-There aren't any borders.

-Re-look the Floenry Isles in detail. The shapes and placement of islands does not match the original world map or the detail map from page 151 of High Seas 2ed. In particular, Enry is missing its big bay, The Finger is missing, West Mnn is the wrong shape and too small, The Rock is missing, Grimbor Island is too wide north/south and doesn't have the right shape, Lyrd is too big and fused with South Bay (they should be separate), South Bay is too chubby and rounded, East Mnn is missing, and Dragon's Roost doesn't have the rough parallelogram shape from the books.

-Consider using the map from page 90 of High Seas 2ed for Byzantium. There are issues with the smaller island shapes, one of them features mountains, and you're missing one. Also, the main island has three small lakes and a couple of rivers that are missing.

-Although the snow of the north is well-rendered, some regions look too much alike. The Great Northern Wilderness should blend a deeper evergreen tree color with the snowy parts. Ophid's grasslands should look flatter and more yellowish, like the great plains. Phi should look a bit misty, since it's always covered in mist. The Western Empire should show some signs of civilization. Also, consider softening the contouring or changing the textures in areas of heavy vegetation like the Yin-Sloth and Great Northern Wilderness. Big trees tend to mask subtle terrain features.

-It looks The Sea of Despair (which is spelled 'Despare' in the original map) has a string of tiny islands to the north, including Lemaria. These are missing.

-In many areas, the coasts seem a bit too rounded and not jagged enough. This seems especially true for islands and at river mouths. Many rivers seem to simply end when they intersect with the sea, rather than spreading out gradually like the Chesapeake Bay, or forming a pronounced delta like the Nile.

-Consider adjusting the font size for labels. You use one size for everything on land; this makes Phi's label take up most of Phi, and Mounts Nimro and Nimrod seem a bit too small for their labels. Nothern Wilderness, by contrast, dwarfs its label,

-With the high definition of the map, there's an opportunity for more detail. Consider adding the following: Dragon's Gate, Dragon Claw, major/capitol cities, labels for mountain ranges, Devil's Mark, and other key spots.

-Consider sharpening the contrast for the barrier mountains next to the Land of the Damned. Their importance and size seems understated. Many of these mountains are higher and steeper than Everest.
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arsheesh Featured By Owner May 25, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Wow, thanks for the in-depth review FeroceFV! This was helpful feedback. In response, let me try to address some of your points.

As to geographical discrepancies, I have no doubt that the latest map still contains some. I consulted several map to complete this project and one of the problems I found was that these maps were not always consistent with each other. For instance, some of them included reference to the Fractured Mountains in the east and others did not. Also, the shapes of various land masses, and the exact number of islands was not always consistent from map to map. I did the best I could, and Zyanitevp pointed me to several places that needed alteration (hence, the revised latter map which you saw). However I have no doubt that I have overlooked some canonical bits (I played Palladium in my early teens but am no expert on what is canon and what is not).

As to the Sea of Despair, I had initially spelled it the way the original map had it, but was told that this was a typo and so latter changed it. Course it's an easy fix either way. Also, I had initially included Dragon's Gate and Dragon's Claw (in a smaller font) but was told it was best to leave these out for the time being. It would be a simple matter to include these and other city names as well though and if there is interest in this perhaps I'll add them for any fans who want a more comprehensive map.

As to the Barrier Mountains, you are quite right. I actually have already increased the contrast, upon Zyanitevp's request, but looking at it again they are not as large as they could be. As for changing the coastline to be more jagged, or adding river deltas however, given the process I used to create this map that would essentially involve almost going back to square one and restarting this map from scratch. So while I completely see your point, to my mind the costs of trying to implement these changes would outweigh the marginal benefits of having a more consistent map.

However I do appreciate your advice, it is helpful and I will take it under consideration when creating new maps.

Cheers,
-Arsheesh
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zyanitevp Featured By Owner Mar 21, 2013
I love the work you have done on this! I hope the company loves it and appreciates it as much as I do!
Arsheesh is a pleasure to work with- I am a demanding customer, and he more than delivers!
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arsheesh Featured By Owner Mar 21, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Thanks zyanitevp. I am really glad that you are happy with the map. It would be a huge thrill if the company decided to publish it, but I don't want to get my hopes up.

Cheers,
-Arsheesh
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DePassage Featured By Owner Mar 15, 2013
Very nice. I like this style!
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arsheesh Featured By Owner Mar 15, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Thanks DePassage!
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DePassage Featured By Owner Mar 18, 2013
You're very welcome!
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Ikaylyon Featured By Owner Mar 14, 2013
I recognized your mapping style before I realized it was actually your map. I like this one a lot :dance:
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arsheesh Featured By Owner Mar 14, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Wow, I have a recognizable style! Really glad that you like this one, I experimented with a different color palette, and I kinda like the way it turned out. Thanks for the kind words.

Cheers,
-Arsheesh
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Ikaylyon Featured By Owner Mar 15, 2013
Noticed that too ;)
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